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Launch of SpaceX Faclon 9 at Cape Canaveral (Florida)

(May 22nd, 2012) A first-of-its-kind commercial supply ship rocketed toward the International Space Station following a successful liftoff early Tuesday, opening a new era of dollar-driven spaceflight.

The SpaceX company made history as its Falcon 9 rocket rose from its seaside launch pad and pierced the pre-dawn sky, aiming for a rendezvous in a few days with the space station. The rocket carried into orbit a capsule named Dragon that is packed with 1,000 pounds of space station provisions.

Kudos to liveleaker jayboulware for brining this to my attention.

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/spacex-history-falcon-9-launch-international-space-station-article-1.1082394
http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/videogallery/index.html?collection_id=14483

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Added: May-22-2012 Occurred On: May-22-2012
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Location: Cape Canaveral, Florida, United States (load item map)
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  • Wish it was in HD. Still, very cool footage!

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  • Bout time we have gone commercial. Long overdue. Where do I get my ticket? I wanna take a ride.

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    • @Swellgh just dole out $25 million and you'll have a ticket on the soyuz.

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    • @Swellgh
      NASA is cutting the checks for these launches which means, the US taxpayers are flipping for the long haul bill
      albiet, at a lower cost but
      that's still up for debate

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    • @Airedale You are forgetting they are taking supplies to the ISS for NASA and Russia, of course they should be paid! How else would this work? SpaceX is doing a service and must be paid some how, plus the 11 launch contract they have. Would you rather have a tax that goes to SpaceX rather than the government to pay for our commitment to the ISS?

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  • Ironic huh? People were running their mouths and talking shit after the failed launch. Pretty typical really. This wasn't built with tax dollars, which means a failure did not equal an explosion. This thing was built at 1/3 the cost that the government would have required for the same rocket.

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    • @ST0N3PONY
      I can't believe they were able to shut off those vavles when they were at zero in the countdown.
      The TANG and space food sticks will make it to the close earth orbit bed and breakfast afterall

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    • @ST0N3PONY
      But this could never have been done without NASA paving the way, they also receive money from NASA so it's not exactly Government fund-free.

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    • @Lazerhead NASA is wonderful. It's a shame Obama scrapped NASA in order to divert their efforts towards "muslim outreach"... The point is, NASA in the private sector would cost 1/10 what it does.

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    • @Lazerhead Exactly, but that money is also for 11 total missions to the ISS. I though the number was $1.4billion for 11 trips, but that may be wrong. I'm sure a good chunk of that was also used for R&D.

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    • @Airedale
      SpaceX has a unique system that holds down the rocket until a self test is done to make sure all systems are nominal! Pretty damn amazing in my opinion!

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  • The first countdown was a FAIL, the second one (this one) was a succes.
    The first Fail countdown was Monday morning at 3:30 am EST. The second one (This) was today morning at 5:30 EST. and was a succes!

    BTW; not the first time FalconX has to abort launch for technical problems.
    And the downside of this is the cargo will remain SECRET, as not longer part of NASA gov, but a private contractor, so bye bye to the public cargo manifesto!

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    • @2Crazy4U This cargo was published on MSNBC two days ago. Food stuffs and ISS supplies totalling 1000lbs as well as the ashes of Scotty from Star Trek. No, I wasn't joking, "beam me up, Scotty" is now on his way to the ISS.

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    • @Sp33dyD3m0n
      I know.. Is just public press, they are presenting the FalconX to the world, wait 6 month and you will not find the cargo manifesto, i bet you whatever you want..

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    • @2Crazy4U
      A detailed manifest (all the way down to laptop batteries) is in the press kit on SpaceX.com. An abort is neither uncommon nor a "fail". Having a system that actually prevents the vehicle from leaving the pad if there's an anomaly is a big WIN and unique in the industry!

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    • @mikedelta12
      That's exactly the same coin looked from both sides man!
      ;)

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    • @2Crazy4U Ill take a bet of a Chipotle burrito on them being more open with the cargo than NASA was. We know for a fact that NASA has taken top secret payloads into space, we have no reason to distrust SpaceX as of yet. I wonder if, as part of the contract, they have a gag order. If not, someone will leak it.

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  • It feels weird not seeing booster rockets break away, but congratulations to the USA and SpaceX, today we became the first country with civilians launching rockets into space for the ISS. Now if only we can get our new space port in New Mexico up and running for these launches and leave Florida to NASA for their new long-range rocket mission.

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  • you can tell its privately funded. There was nearly no ''nominal'' spoken. Governments agents and employees love when everything and anything is nominal.

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  • Good for SpaceX. NASA needs to wake up and pursue the next generation of space flight or Cape Canaveral just became a somewhat aging public spaceport.

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